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Hamilton and the Iconoclasts of Tomorrow, FPIF

The Global Rushmore of Autocrats, FPIF

In the US, the Second Wave Is Already Here, FPIF

Time to Rethink the US-ROK Alliance, Hankyoreh

The De-Trumpification of America, TomDispatch

Why Bolton Matters, FPIF

Conservatives Are Comparing Racial Justice Protestors to Maoists, FPIF

Emperor Trump Now Stands Partially Naked, FPIF

The Descent of America, FPIF

New Zealand: David Confronts Two Goliaths, The Nation

Is It Time to Boycott the United States? FPIF

Is Obama Running Again in 2020? Hankyoreh

Trump’s ‘Uncreative Destruction’ of US-China Relations, FPIF

Death and the Economy: A Dialogue, FPIF

Debunking Trump’s China Nonsense, FPIF

The Black Death Undermined Feudalism. What Does COVID-19 Mean for Capitalism? FPIF

A Progressive Victory over the Coronavirus, FPIF

Who’s Responsible for America’s Coronavirus Fiasco, Hankyoreh

Trump Rex, TomDispatch

The Next Pandemic, FPIF

Will the EU Survive the Coronavirus? FPIF

COVID-19 and the Global Economy, Inference

We Need a Coronavirus Truce, FPIF

The Politics of the Coronavirus, FPIF

What the Coronavirus Says about Us, FPIF

Coronavirus: Quarantine vs. Cooperation, Hankyoreh

The President as Political Hit Man, TomDispatch

Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization? FPIF

Making America Unsafe Again, FPIF

Cleaning Up Trump’s Global Mess, FPIF

Goodbye to All That: The UK after Brexit, FPIF

Will 2020 Be Another Victory Year for Trump and Brexit, Fair Observer

America’s Coronavirus: Containing the Outbreak of Trumpism, FPIF

Putin Proposes, Trump Disposes, FPIF

Trump: Make Space Great Again, FPIF

The Endless War with Iran, FPIF

The Real Shadow Policy of the Trump Administration Is Racist Extremism, Truthout

A Global Green New Deal Could Defeat the Far Right — and Save the Planet, Newsweek

Trump’s Attack on the Law is Global, Inside Sources

Trump, Brexit: Where’s the Backlash? Foreign Policy In Focus

Whose Coups? Foreign Policy In Focus

Soldiers Who Fight War, Foreign Policy In Focus

Inside the Battle for Another World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will Impeachment Affect Trump’s Reelection Chances? Hankyoreh

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home, Foreign Policy In Focus

Did the Fall of the Berlin Wall Produce Trump? Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Fantasy Ukraine, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Islamic State and Trump’s Delusion, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of the Back-Pedal, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Far Right’s War on Culture, TomDispatch

Impeachment’s Effect on Trump’s Foreign Policy, Hankyoreh

Trump’s Endless Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency, Foreign Policy In Focus

The New Age of Protest, Foreign Policy In Focus

For Trump, Regime Change Begins at Home, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collapse of the East Asian Order, Hankyoreh

Threat of Bolton Has Receded But Not Threat of War, Foreign Policy In Focus

Hong Kong and the Future of China, Foreign Policy In Focus

Burning Down the House, Foreign Policy In Focus

Slowbalization: Boon or Bane? Foreign Policy In Focus

Is America Crazy? Hankyoreh

North Korea’s Momentous Transition, Shuddhashar

Afghanistan: Out of the Graveyard and into the Pyre? Foreign Policy In Focus

The GOP’s Sinister New Nationalism, Foreign Policy In Focus

How to Decide the Fate of the Planet, TomDispatch

Boris Johnson and the Battle of Britain, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Send-Them-Back Doctrine, Foreign Policy In Focus

Pyongyang on the Potomac, Foreign Policy In Focus

To Impeach or Not to Impeach, Hankyoreh

Trump’s Bluster Diplomacy, Hankyoreh

On Iran, It’s Trump Vs. Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will AI Swing the 2020 Election? Foreign Policy In Focus

Democracy Desperately Needs a Reboot, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Misadventures of Tariff Man, Foreign Policy In Focus

Russia and the Future of Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Bolton in Wonderland, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Rising Tide of the Populist Right, TomDispatch

Global Game of Thrones, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Widening Rift between the US and China, The Nation

A Farewell to Arms Control? Foreign Policy In Focus

Bolton and the Troika of Tyranny, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Dictator and the Nihilist, Foreign Policy In Focus

World Gives America One Year to Stop Trump or Face Sanctions, Foreign Policy In Focus

Ayatollah Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Mueller, RussiaGate, and the 2020 Elections, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The World’s Most Dangerous Divide, Foreign Policy In Focus

Summit Interruptus, Foreign Policy In Focus

Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Psychology of the Wall, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s War On Intelligence, Foreign Policy In Focus

Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro, Foreign Policy In Focus

Deal, No Deal: Britain’s Fearful Future, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Next US-North Korean Summit, Hankyoreh

Trump Punts on Syria, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will Trump Rule by Decree? Foreign Policy In Focus

Peak Trump, Hankyoreh

The New World Order Is Here, TomDispatch

The Importance of the New Netflix Dystopia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Review: Trump Presidency Season Two, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Turns the G20 into the G19, Foreign Policy In Focus

It’s a Borderful World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Is Korea’s Cold War About to End? Foreign Policy In Focus

Welcome to the Ultimate Escape Room, TomDispatch

Trump’s Only Electoral Strategy Was Racism, Foreign Policy In Focus

Bernie Sanders and the Progressive International, Foreign Policy In Focus

What RussiaGate Skeptics Get Wrong, In These Times

Assassins without Borders, Foreign Policy In Focus

Why Is the Radical Right Still Winning? Foreign Policy In Focus

Do Bullies Always Win? Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea: Nukes vs. War, Hankyoreh

#MeToo Goes Global, Foreign Policy In Focus

Say Goodbye to the Guardrails of Governance, TomDispatch

There’s a New Crash Coming, Foreign Policy In Focus

The GOP Wants Trumpism Without Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Who’s the Real Maverick: Trump or McCain? Foreign Policy In Focus

What Trump Means by the Deep State, Hankyoreh

The Best of All Possible Worlds? Foreign Policy In Focus

Wait, You’re Sanctioning Us? Foreign Policy In Focus

The War Before the Iran War, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Next Move on North Korea, Hankyoreh

Trump’s Dirty Money, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Flight 93 Doctrine, TomDispatch

Europe Should Bolt NATO, Inside Sources

What’s Next with North Korea? The National Interest

Trump’s Assault on Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Dictator Dating Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Investment in North Korea, Hankyoreh

Bernies of the World, Unite! Foreign Policy In Focus

World to Refugees: Go to Hell, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Unileaderism, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dear White People, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Real Obstacle to Peace between Pyongyang and Washington, Hanyoreh

The Korean Shell Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Disrupters-in-Chief, Foreign Policy In Focus

Playing Trump for Peace, TomDispatch

Thus Begins the Bolton Administration, Foreign Policy In Focus

Left Behind by Korea’s Success, Boston Review

What Would Korean Reunification Look Like? Hankyoreh

The Banality of Haspel, Foreign Policy In Focus

Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, War in the Middle East, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea and the Geopolitics of Impossible, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Trade War Is About Trump, Not China, Foreign Policy In Focus

With Tillerson Out, Trump Is Bringing Foreign Policy Deeper into the Dark Side, Fortune

Killmonger’s World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump to the International Community: Drop Dead, TomDispatch

Hunting Witches in Washington, Foreign Policy In Focus

How Those Trump-Kim Talks Might Go, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Nobel for Donald Trump over Korea? Hankyoreh

The New New Cold War, Foreign Policy In Focus

Oh, Magog! Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Majoritarian Dream, Foreign Policy In Focus

No Diplomacy for South Korea, Hankyoreh

Russiagate or Deep State? Foreign Policy In Focus

Russiaburger, Foreign Policy In Focus

Big Surprise: Rich Globalists Love Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dr. Evil’s First Year in Office, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Foreign Policy of Sticks and Stones, Foreign Policy In Focus

Walking Back War in Korea, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump and the Iran Protests, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea: The Costs of War, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Insurrectionists, Foreign Policy In Focus

Eastern Europe Marches Right, Democracy Journal

Welcome to the Birthplace of Trumpism, TomDispatch

When Bad Money Supports Good Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea and the Geopolitics of Division, Hankyoreh

Trump’s New Blame Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Building on the Good News from Asia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

Donald Trump and the Fourth Great Shattering, TomDispatch

The Fall of the House of ISIS, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collaborationists, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

The Semtex President, Foreign Policy In Focus

Things Fall Apart, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

Germany and the Rise of the “Fascist International,” Foreign Policy In Focus

It’s Time to Deal with North Korea, Newsday

The Rohingya and the Responsibility to Ignore, Foreign Policy In Focus

Hurricane Donald Hits the Republican Party, Foreign Policy In Focus

The President Is a Ponzi, Foreign Policy In Focus

-The Racism Heard Round the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Regime Change in Washington? Hankyoreh

Trump and the Geopolitics of Crazy, TomDispatch

Mulligan in Afghanistan, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Anti-Corruption Revolution, Foreign Policy In Focus

Isolating the Isolated, Hankyoreh

Trump: The Anti-Gorbachev, Foreign Policy In Focus

Who’s a Bad Jew? Foreign Policy In Focus

A Fairy Tale from 2050, TomDispatch

Trump: Let’s Make a (Good) Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

Pushing Rewind on 2016, Foreign Policy In Focus

Honoring Otto Warmbier, Hankyoreh

America’s Violent Century, Korean Quarterly

Russia Versus Jobs, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Coming Conflict with Iran, Foreign Policy In Focus

Russia’s Not the Country Benefitting the Most from Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can South Korea Help Prevent a U.S. Attack on North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Politics of Paper, Breach the Fourth Wall

Who Will Take America’s Place in Asia, TomDispatch

When Trump’s Push Comes to Shove in Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Apology Tour, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Nixonization of Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

How to Reinvent the European Left, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Peak at Paper, DC Theatre Scene

Mafia Don’s Guide to Free Trade, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Next Diplomatic Reversal: North Korea? Hankyoreh

Worst. 100 Days. Ever., Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hunger President, Foreign Policy In Focus

Brexit Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe, USA Today

New Trump, Old Bottles, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Does Kim Jong Un Want? Hankyoreh

Trump: Invasive Species, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Is from Mars, Foreign Policy In Focus

I Am the Enemy, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Cyberhacking of All against All, Hankyoreh

Doubling Down on Dystopia, TomDispatch

Trump and Russia: Shortest Reset Ever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Making America Mediocre Again, Foreign Policy in Focus

My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump, OtherWords

A Global Counter-Trump Movement Is Shape, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump v. Islam, The Islamic Monthly

Killer Presidents, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will Trump Complete the Pacific Pivot? Hankyoreh

Forget America First: It’s America Alone, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Beneficial Contributions Trump Will Make to World Affairs, Foreign Policy in Focus

Globalism of the One Percent, TomDispatch

Obama the Time Traveler, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Russian Honeypot, Hankyoreh

– Goodbye Clinton! Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Detente, US News and World Report

From Here to Dystopia, Foreign Policy In Focus

How Donald Trump Changed Everything, TomDispatch

Trump the Predictable, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Europe Can Teach Us about Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Death of the International Community, Hankyoreh

Bartleby the American, Foreign Policy In Focus

It Can’t Happen Here (But It Just Did), Foreign Policy In Focus

Hillary and the Neocons, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Hawk in the Wings, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Damage Trump Does, Hankyoreh

It’s Rigged (Takes One to Know One), Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump the Arsonist, TomDispatch

Stop the Presses, Foreign Policy In Focus

Colombia: Disturbing the Peace, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Lost Language of Integration, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran: The Calligraphic Challenge, LobeLog

Syria as Metaphor, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can Korea Save the Global Economy?, Hankyoreh

YOLO Economics, Foreign Policy In Focus

NATO’s Expiration Date, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Trump and the Transformation of Politics, Hankyoreh

The Globalization of Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Elite Smackdown, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump: Not the Peace Candidate, U.S. News and World Report

China on the Defensive? Hankyoreh

The Myth of Trump’s Alternative Worldview, The Nation/FPIF

Russia Hacks the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Surprising Popularity of Military Coups, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Gunman, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hangover (British Version), Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump and America B, TomDispatch

Brexit: Farewell Internationalism? Foreign Policy In Focus

Orlando and the Future of Terrorism, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Failed State in Latin America? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Nuclear Paradox, Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump: Joker’s Wild, Hankyoreh

North Korea and the GCC, Gulf State Analytics

Drones and Blowback, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Music of Hopelessness, Foreign Policy In Focus

The End of Islamophobia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Next Generation, Hankyoreh

Making China Great Again, Foreign Policy In Focus

Big Oil Isn’t Going Down without a Fight, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Pentagon’s Potlatch, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Children’s Crusade, The Nation/Foreign Policy In Focus

Ukraine and Europe: Much Depends on the Dutch, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iraq’s Artifacts of Exile, Lobelog

Should South Korea Get the Bomb? Hankyoreh

Trump: Foreign Policy’s Useful Idiot? Foreign Policy In Focus

Thinking Outside the European Box, Foreign Policy In Focus

To End No Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Poland’s Tea Party Movement, Foreign Policy In Focus

Darkness at High Noon, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling with Iran, LobeLog

The Leader Our Foreign Policy Deserves, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia Is Invisible, Hankyoreh

Life in the Gray Zone, Foreign Policy In Focus

US and Iran Collect Diplomatic Jackpot, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling Jerusalem, Foreign Policy In Focus

Africa’s Success Story? Foreign Policy In Focus

Between Rocks and a Hard Place, Foreign Policy

Geopolitics of Cheap Oil, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Reunification Guessing Game, Hankyoreh

Japan and South Korea: A New Beginning? LobeLog

Obama: The Fairy-Tale President? Foreign Policy In Focus

Can a Green Korea Lead the World? Hankyoreh

Trump, the Islamic State, and the Cliche of Civilizations, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria: Mission Possible? Foreign Policy In Focus

Je Suis Encore Charlie? Foreign Policy In Focus

Splinterlands: The View from 2050, TomDispatch

Burma: Democracy with an Asterisk, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria’s Two-Body Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Empire, Foreign Policy In Focus

Kumbaya (Not), Foreign Policy In Focus

Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are? Foreign Policy In Focus

The World Talks, But It’s Not Enough, Hankyoreh

Eastern Europe: Return to Normality? Los Angeles Review of Books

Mouth Wide Shut, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Middle East’s New Nakba, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Happened to Brazil? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Star Trek Fallacy, TomDispatch

After Obama: Clinton vs. Sanders, Foreign Policy In Focus

China and the Opportunity Costs of 9/11, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Sorry Politics, Hankyoreh

The New Middle Passage, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Takes on the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Iran, Is North Korea Next? Hankyoreh

The Kurdish Elephant, Foreign Policy In Focus

Greece, Iran, and the Rules of the Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran Deal: Is Obama Channeling Nixon? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Recent Victories, Hankyoreh

The Lacquer Box, Huffington Post

Refugee World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: On the Rocks, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reunification: The View from the North, Hankyoreh

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reviving the North Korea-Iran Axis, LobeLog

Venture Capitalists Rule the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden, TomDispatch

Authoritarian Symps, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Young Dictator Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Madness of THAAD, Hankyoreh

The Apology Olympics, Foreign Policy In Focus

Before/After, DC Theatre Scene

Robot-in-Chief, Foreign Policy in Focus

Women’s Delegation Crosses the DMZ, Hankyoreh

Strange News from Another Star, Los Angeles Review of Books

Iran: Deal or No Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Retreatniks, Foreign Policy in Focus

North Korea, Iran, and a Congress that Says No, LobeLog

The Kremlin’s Kool-Aid, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Comparative Politics of Atrocity, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way out of Trouble, Foreign Policy In Focus

ISIS Unites the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Last National Security Strategy, LobeLog

Greece and the Unlearned Lesson of 1990, openDemocracy

Furriners, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collapse of Europe? TomDispatch

North Korea: Spyware vs. Spyware, Hankyoreh

A Neanderthal Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy in Focus

Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback? LobeLog

Why 2014 Wasn’t So Terrible, Foreign Policy In Focus

Carrots for Cuba, Sticks for North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Games of Our Lives, Foreign Policy In Focus

The LIfe and Times of Michael B, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Obama and the Gordian Knot of Politics, Foreign Policy In Focus

Kobane: Hunger Strikes and Air Strikes, Focal Points

Letter from Seoul, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Balloon Wars, Hankyoreh

NATO: Rebellion in the Ranks, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Sum of All Fears, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms, Foreign Policy In Focus

Resurgence of the Left in Eastern Europe, AlterNet

Menu for a Hot Planet, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Other Vietnam Syndrome, Los Angeles Review of Books

NATO Poised to Escalate over Ukraine, Inter Press Service

The Next Pandemic, Hankyoreh

Divorce, European-Style, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Plague, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza, Foreign Policy In Focus

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall, Huffington Post

To Die For, Foreign Policy In Focus

Is China’s Rise Still Peaceful? Hankyoreh

Guys with Guns, Foreign Policy In Focus

Deserts vs. Development in China, GlobalPost

Europe’s Populist Reformation, Foreign Policy In Focus

Participatory Totalitarianism, Foreign Policy In Focus/AlterNet

Coup Fever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Piketty in Elysium, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

The Three-War Doctrine, Foreign Policy In Focus

Breaking the Rules, Hankyoreh

Obama’s Half-Pivot to Asia, Inter Press Service

Earth: Game Over, Foreign Policy In Focus

World Cuts Back on Military Spending, But Not Asia, Inter Press Service

NATO on Viagra, Foreign Policy In Focus

What the Crisis in Ukraine Means for Northeast Asia, Hankyoreh

Brown Is the New Black, Foreign Policy In Focus

My Strategic Impatience, Hankyoreh

-Who Are the People? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Standoff in Ukraine (and also in Washingon), Inter Press Service

Ukraine: The Clash of Partnerships, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The Greatest Threat to Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Why North Korea Today Is Not East Germany 1989, Asan Institute for Policy Studies

The Color Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: The Ghosts of 1914, Inter Press Service

The Surveillance Blitz, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Empire’s New Asian Clothes, TomDispatch

Iraq: Revisiting the Pottery Barn Rule, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The World Without U.S., Foreign Policy In Focus

Collapsism, Foreign Policy In Focus

Standing Up in Turkey, Hankyoreh

American Politics Needs More Drama, Huffington Post

Competitive Suffering, Hankyoreh

Infantilizing North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Real North Korea, Korean Quarterly

Taking It to the Streets (in the GDR), Huffington Post

The Paradoxes of the Pacific Pivot, Hankyoreh

The Secret History of Yugoslavia, Foreign Policy In Focus

-The Velvet Divorce, Hankyoreh

-Eating History, Hankyoreh

From Pacific Pivot to Green Revolution, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Islamophobic Fringe, Hankyoreh

Dumb and Dumber, TomDispatch

North Korea and Disneyland, Hankyoreh

South Korea: Stuck in the 20th Century? Inter Press Service

The Limits of Information in North Korea, Hankyoreh

Assad and His Droogs, Foreign Policy In Focus

Guarding the Empire from Four Miles Up, Inter Press Service

-Frenemies, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Spying on the North, Hankyoreh

-Jeju Island: Paradise with a Dark Side, Washington Post

Beyond the Golden Couples of Pyongyang, 38North

Running Against Islam, Other Words

Smart Mouth, Washington Post

My Backlogged Pages, The New York Times

 

 

 

 

 


Hamilton and the Iconoclasts of Tomorrow

Posted by on Aug 16, 2020 in Art, Articles, Featured | 0 comments

Hamilton and the Iconoclasts of Tomorrow

This week, 216 years ago, one founding father killed another in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. On that early July morning, the vice president of the United States squared off against the former secretary of the treasury. As virtually everyone in America now knows, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alexander Hamilton didn’t survive the shootout with Aaron Burr. At the beginning of this month, Disney released the film version of Miranda’s blockbuster musical, Hamilton. So, I could finally see this extraordinary synthesis of history, biography,...

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The Global Rushmore of Autocrats

Posted by on Aug 16, 2020 in Articles, Featured, Human Rights | 0 comments

The Global Rushmore of Autocrats

Donald Trump would dearly like to add his face to Mt. Rushmore as the fifth presidential musketeer. His fireworks-and-fury extravaganza on July 3 was the next best thing. Trump’s dystopian speech was almost beside the point. Much more important was the photo op of his smirking face next to Abraham Lincoln’s. More fitting, however, would be to carve Trump’s face into a different Rushmore altogether. This one would be located in a more appropriate badlands, like Mt. Hermon in Syria near the border with Israel. There, Donald Trump’s...

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In the US, the Second Wave Is Already Here

Posted by on Aug 16, 2020 in Articles, Featured, US Domestic Policy | 0 comments

In the US, the Second Wave Is Already Here

If the United States had quick-thinking and efficient leadership, the pandemic would have infected about 100,000 people and killed only a couple thousand. That’s the experience of South Korea, times seven to account for the difference in population. If the United States had overwhelmed but reasonably sensible leadership, the coronavirus pandemic would have racked up somewhere near a million infections at this point and killed about 36,000 people. That’s what would have happened here if we’d had a German-style response. Instead, as of the...

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Time to Rethink the US-ROK Alliance

Posted by on Aug 16, 2020 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

Time to Rethink the US-ROK Alliance

North Korea has blown up the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong. It is threatening an all-out pamphlet war in response to defectors sending anti-regime propaganda to the north. South Korea’s unification minister has stepped down after failing to meet with his North Korean counterparts during his 14-month tenure. Pyongyang is not happy about the balloons launched by defectors carrying leaflets and dollar bills. But the real problem is that North Korea remains heavily sanctioned and South Korea has been unable or unwilling to alleviate...

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The De-Trumpification of America

Posted by on Jul 26, 2020 in Articles, Featured, US Domestic Policy, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

The De-Trumpification of America

Let’s assume that Donald Trump loses the election in November. Yes, that’s a mighty big assumption, despite all the polls currently favoring the Democrats. If the economy begins to recover and the first wave of Covid-19 subsides (without a second wave striking), Donald Trump’s reelection prospects could improve greatly. The Republican Party has a huge war chest ready to fund ads galore, massive targeted outreach, and widespread voter suppression. And if all that isn’t enough, the president could borrow a tactic from the dictators he so...

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Why Bolton Matters

Posted by on Jul 26, 2020 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Why Bolton Matters

Unreliable narrators are a staple of literature. Consider the delusional, self-serving narrator of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or the way Humbert Humbert used his cultured references and gorgeous prose to dress up his crimes in Nabokov’s Lolita. Now along comes John Bolton and his account of time served in the Trump administration as national security advisor. Bolton’s latest book has been attacked as fiction by the president, members of his administration, and even members of the administrations of other countries (like South Korea)....

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Conservatives Are Comparing Racial Justice Protestors to Maoists

Posted by on Jul 26, 2020 in Articles, China, Featured | 0 comments

Conservatives Are Comparing Racial Justice Protestors to Maoists

In their effort to transform their discomfort with the current #BlackLivesMatter protests into a superficially sophisticated critique, right-wing “intellectuals” in the United States and Europe have latched onto a dubious historical analogy. When former congressman Newt Gingrich, the National Review’s David Harsanyi, Breitbart’s Joel Pollak, and other right-wingers look at the protests against police violence, they see the Cultural Revolution. The Cultural Revolution, which lasted from 1966 to 1976, turned China upside down. Initially...

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Emperor Trump Now Stands Partially Naked

Posted by on Jul 26, 2020 in Articles, Featured, US Domestic Policy | 0 comments

Emperor Trump Now Stands Partially Naked

A child exposing the nakedness of the emperor by speaking truth to power? Not these days. More than half of the United States — not just liberals and the left but also the mainstream media and some Republicans — has been shouting at Emperor Trump for months on end that he has no clothes. These declarations have fallen on deaf ears, for Donald Trump is constitutionally incapable of acknowledging his own flaws. Also, there are still plenty of people telling Trump what he wants to hear. The president is surrounded by family members, advisors,...

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The Descent of America

Posted by on Jun 7, 2020 in Articles, Featured, US Domestic Policy, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

The Descent of America

Complaints about American decline have been commonplace since at least the Vietnam War era. In the late 1980s, declinism experienced an upsurge with the publication of The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, by Paul Kennedy, which warned of the dangers of imperial overstretch. Even America’s putative victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War represented only a minor lull in the chatter about the erosion of U.S. status relative to other countries, particularly a rising China. Closer to home, meanwhile, the grumbling over America’s crumbling...

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New Zealand: David Confronts Two Goliaths

Posted by on Jun 7, 2020 in Articles, Featured, Islamophobia | 0 comments

New Zealand: David Confronts Two Goliaths

After the election of Donald Trump, New Zealand became the go-to option for terrified Americans fantasizing about emigration. Three years later, New Zealand has burnished its reputation as a credible refuge by successfully confronting two epidemics that continue to plague the United States—one political, the other medical. New Zealand’s most recent success has been its handling of the coronavirus. After seven weeks of an extraordinarily stringent lockdown—closed borders, suspended in-country travel, no takeout—the government has...

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